Local Scouts among 40,000 to attend National Boy Scout Jamboree
August 5, 2013
Saugahatchee District’s National Jamboree contingent on the final day of jamboree, pictured in front of the Consol Energy Suspension Bridge, which served as a gateway to much of the event’s activities: front row (L to R): Ted Wages, Patrick Hoff, Sangwoo Shim, and Christopher Heath; back row (L to R): Joel Moore, Jack McGowin, Phillip Barlow, Bert Schulingkamp, Grant Darling, Nate Levy, Isaac Hayes and, Jonathan Middleton
Ten Boy Scouts and two adult
leaders from Lee County were among the 36-person contingent representing the
local Chattahoochee Council at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, held July
15-24. Members of the Jamboree Troop A223 were among the approximately 40,000
Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from across the nation to experience
the jamboree at its new home at the expansive new Summit Bechtel Family
National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The Summit will serve as the permanent
home for the Boy Scouts of America’s national jamboree, a celebration of Scouting
held every four years.
Activities throughout the 10-day
jamboree embodied the theme “Go Big. Get
Wild.” and featured dozens of Scout-oriented high-adventure programs that
reinforced the BSA’s commitment to the physical wellness. These include more
than six miles of zip line challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails,
13 acres of shooting sports, as well as kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering,
skateboarding, BMX, and various other activities.
Chris Heath, a Life Scout in Auburn’s
Troop 354 and student at Auburn High School, had done zip-lining in the past,
but nothing “as extreme” as the jamboree’s canopy tour composed of a network of
more than 3,500 feet of zip lines.
“You couldn’t see where you would
end up — it was just a zip line going into the
trees,” Heath said. “It gave you time to take in what you were passing by. It
was really cool.”
Scouts also had opportunities to
visit exhibits, attend stadium shows with entertainment, participate in service
projects in the nine counties surrounding The Summit, and work on merit badges.
No different than most outdoor and high-adventure Scouting activities, Scouts
camped in tents, and prepared their own food — all while
honing existing and learning new Scout camping and outdoor skills.
“Living together, specifically
camping together, for 10 days requires not only the ability to cook meals, wash
dishes and clothes, and manage time effectively, but the willingness to be
flexible and work as a team,” contingent scoutmaster Jonathan Middleton
explained. “In addition to the camping aspect, our guys hiked anywhere from 35
to 65 miles while on site. Physical fitness was a key element required by all
Since the first jamboree was held
in 1937, it has become known as the BSA’s most iconic event, providing an
opportunity for Scouts to gather together and celebrate Scouting, allowing
Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures to have experiences and
create memories to last throughout their lifetimes. The previous eight
jamborees — dating back to 1981 — were all held at Ft. A.P. Hill, near Bowing
Patrick Hoff, a Life Scout in Opelika’s
Troop 356, said the chance to meet new people — as well as
to scuba dive for the first time —
made the three-day, two-night bus trek worth
the drive. And, despite being a “national,” jamboree, the event often attracts
Scouts from around the globe.
“I really enjoyed the experience
of meeting new people from throughout the country,” he said “Our [troop]
neighbors were Scouts from Puerto Rico, and we also heard several other
languages like German and Italian spoken while we were there.”
The Summit is also home to the
Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, the Boy Scouts of America’s
fourth national high-adventure base. In addition to serving as the permanent
home for the Boy Scouts of America’s national jamboree, the Summit will host
future world jamborees. The organization’s existing national high-adventure
bases are Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Fla.; Philmont Scout Ranch in
Cimarron, N.M.; and the Northern Tier in Ely, Minn.
An account and photos of the
contingent’s jamboree experiences are available on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChattahoocheeJamboree2013.
About the Boy Scouts
of America: The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth
program of character development and values-based leadership training, which
helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of 2.6 million youth
members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils
throughout the United States and its territories. The Saugahatchee District,
which encompasses most of Lee County, Ala., is one of four districts comprising
the Columbus, Ga.-based Chattahoochee Council. The district includes nearly
1,000 youth members and 250 volunteer leaders in 30 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout
troops and Venture crews.
§ Phillip Barlow, a Life
Scout in Auburn’s Troop 15 and a student at Auburn Junior High School.
§ Grant Darling, a Life
Scout in Auburn’s Troop 15 and a student at Auburn High School.
§ Isaac Hayes, a First Class Scout in Auburn’s
Troop 29 and a student at Drake Middle School.
§ Christopher Heath, a Life
Scout in Auburn’s Troop 354 and a student at Auburn High School.
§ Patrick Hoff, a Life
Scout in Opelika’s Troop 356 and a student at Beauregard High School.
§ Nate Levy, a First Class Scout in Auburn’s
Troop 29 and a student at Drake Middle School.
§ Jack McGowin, a Life
Scout in Auburn’s Troop 29 and a student at Auburn Junior High School.
§ Bert Schulingkamp IV, an Eagle
Scout of Auburn’s Troop 371 and recent graduate of Lee-Scott Academy who is now
attending Troy University
§ Sangwoo Shim, a Star
Scout in Auburn’s Troop 371 and a student at Auburn High School.
§ Ted Wages, a Star Scout in Auburn’s Troop
371 and a student at Auburn Junior High School.
§ Jonathan Middleton (contingent
scoutmaster), scoutmaster of Auburn’s Troop 371 and both district and council
Camping Committee chair
Joel Moore (contingent assistant scoutmaster), troop
committee chair of Auburn’s Troop 371 and district committee chair for the